On eve of Senate vote on unknown health care bill, Murkowski undecided

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a Tuesday vote to begin debate and other proceedings on a bill to repeal Obamacare. He just hasn’t said which version of the bill it’ll be, whether it’ll be one of the many versions of the BCRA, the House bill or just the straight repeal bill the Senate passed in 2015 (all of which have disastrous implications for Alaska).

And until there’s more clarity on just what tomorrow’s vote will be for, Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkwoski is undecided on the motion.

“Senator Murkowski is pushing for clarity on what we are proceeding to before making a decision on how she will vote,” her spokeswoman, Karina Petersen, said via email.

Alaska’s senior senator is among the most closely watched senators when it comes to health care. As a moderate, she’s raised major concerns about the bill’s impacts to Medicaid funding and Medicaid expansion, which she said she’d protect as long as the state wants it.

There have been conflicting reports on Murkowski’s position today, but she’s already staked out positions on some of the possibilities for tomorrow. She’s already said she won’t vote for the repeal and delay bill McConnell pitched last week as a last-ditch effort to make good on the GOP promise to repeal Obamacare.

But there’s been a lot of talk and rumors about what just might appear tomorrow. It could be one of the many proposals already put on the table or an entirely new proposal (which won’t have a score from the Congressional Budget Office).

Murkwoski has criticized rushed and one-sided process and almost everything about Tuesday seems to be shaping up to be rushed and one-sided.

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